It seemed simple enough on paper: watch 365 matches in 365 days, one from each day of the year.
Simple? Ha! I’m pretty sure that the difficulties of staying caught up on watching wrestling and writing about it is the epitome of a First World Problem, but when life gets in the way, it can be easy to fall behind.
Still, I’m pretty pleased about how January turned out, in terms of match quality, match variety, and also the writing itself.
FACTS AND FIGURES
21 — The number of different companies and promotions included in the 31 matches in January.
4 — The number of promotions that made the January list multiple times. WWE and WCW led the way with five matches each. The Memphis territory and All Japan each had two matches
2 — The maximum number of appearances by any one wrestler on the January match list. Of those appearing twice, most did because they were part of the house show Royal Rumble from 1994 at Madison Square Garden. Five wrestlers appeared twice on the list and were not in a Rumble: Steve Austin (in his Stunning Steve gimmick), Bobby Eaton, Ricky Steamboat, Juventud Guerrera, and Minoru Suzuki.
30,822 — The total number of words I wrote in the 31 entries for January.
Here are my rankings for every match I watched during the month of January. I’m not a star-rating guy. I prefer the 10-point scale instead. I consider anything rated at 5.5 or higher to be worth watching, and worth you taking the time to seek it out. It’s also worth noting that I think any ratings or rankings of entertainment are fluid in nature. I might go back later and see one of these matches and like it significantly more. This was my initial take on each match, after finishing it. Anything bolded is what I would consider to be a great match.
With all that said, here’s January:
- 9.0, WWE World Title-Last Man Standing: John Cena (Ch) vs. Umaga (w/ Armando Alejandro Estrada), WWE 2007 Royal Rumble, 1/28/07
- 8.9, Rockers vs. New Orient Express (Tanaka & Kato [aka Paul Diamond]) (w/ Mr. Fuji), WWF 1991 Royal Rumble, 1/19/91
- 8.7, OMEGA Tag Titles-Hardy Boyz (Ch) vs. Serial Thrillas (Mike Maverick & Shane Helms), Wendell, NC, 1/29/99
- 7.8, WWE Cruiserweight Title-Tajiri (Ch) (w/ Akio & Sakoda) vs. Rey Mysterio, Jr., WWE SmackDown, 1/1/04
- 7.4, Yuji Nagata vs. Minoru Suzuki, NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 7, 1/4/13
- 7.2, NWA Worlds Hvwt Title-Ric Flair (Ch) vs. Bobby Eaton (w/ Jim Cornette), WCW Main Event, 1/7/90
- 7.1, Chavo Guerrero, Jr., Juventud Guerrera, Lizmark, Jr. & Super Calo vs. La Parka, El Dandy, Psicosis & Silver King, WCW Souled Out 1998, 1/24/98
- 7.0, Dog Collar: Joe Black vs. Will Huckaby, Southern Honor Wrestling, 1/10/20
- 6.9, ROH World Title-Bryan Danielson (Ch) vs. Chris Hero (w/ Adam Flash, Bryce Remsburg, Nate Webb & Necro Butcher), ROH Hell Freezes Over, 1/14/06
- 6.8, GHC Hvwt Title-Kenta Kobashi (Ch) vs. Minoru Suzuki, NOAH Great Voyage 2005, 1/8/05
- 6.5, Michiko Omukai 10th Anniversary: Michiko Omukai vs. Lioness Asuka, ARSION, 1/13/02
- 6.3, Steve Grey vs. Zoltan Boscik, Joint Promotions, 1/31/79
- 6.2, El Generico vs. Jushin Liger, PWG Kurt Russellmania, 1/30/10
- 6.1, Anything Goes: The Fabulous Ones vs. The Moondogs (w/ Jimmy Hart), CWA at Mid-South Coliseum, 1/9/84
- 6.1, Dustin Rhodes, Ricky Steamboat & Ron Simmons vs. Dangerous Alliance (Arn Anderson, Bobby Eaton & Steve Austin) (w/ Paul E. Dangerously), WCW WorldWide, 1/11/92
- 6.0, Ricky Steamboat & Sting vs. Dangerous Alliance (Rick Rude & Steve Austin) (w/ Paul E. Dangerously), WCW Clash of the Champions XVIII, 1/21/92
- 6.0, 2/3 Falls: Roddy Piper, Rick Martel, Dutch Savage & Stan Stasiak vs. Buddy Rose’s Army (Buddy Rose, Butch Miller, Luke Williams & Sam Oliver Bass), PNW, 1/5/80
- 6.0, Dory Funk, Jr. vs. Billy Robinson, Houston, 1/16/81
- 5.9, Allie Kat vs. Savanna Stone, SUP Graps I am King, 1/20/19
- 5.9, Knockouts Title-No DQ: Gail Kim (Ch) vs. Awesome Kong, TNA Final Resolution 2008, 1/6/08
- 5.8, Brad Armstrong vs. Ricky Morton, International Pro in Asheville NC, 1/23/96
- 5.8, New York Rumble, WWF at MSG, 1/17/94
- 5.8, Rosemary vs. Samara, RISE 2 – Ascent, 1/27/17
- 5.8, BJW Death Match Hvwt Title-Abdullah Kobayashi (Ch) vs. Shuji Ishikawa, Big Japan, Korakuen Hall, 1/2/13
- 5.5, Stan Hansen vs. Ashura Hara, AJPW New Year Giant Series, Stage 11, 1/15/82
- 5.5, Jumbo Tsuruta & Great Kabuki vs. Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes & Terry Gordy), AJPW New Year Giant Series, Stage 19, 1/22/84
- 5.5, Mr. Wrestling II & Kevin Sullivan vs. Austin Idol & Masked Superstar, Georgia TV, 1/26//80
- 5.3, Jerry Lawler vs. Jos LeDuc (w/ Jimmy Hart), CWA Memphis, Mid-South Coliseum, 1/18/81
- 5.0, Juventud Guerrera vs. Mortis (w/ James Vandenberg), WCW Saturday Night, 1/3/98
- 5.0, WWE Tag Titles-Paul London & Brian Kendrick (Ch) (w/ Ashley Massaro) vs. William Regal & Dave Taylor, SmackDown, 1/12/07
- 4.5, Regina di WAVE Title-Hikaru Shida (Ch) vs. Sakura Hirota, Pro Wrestling WAVE Nagoya Volume 8, 1/25/15